Services in place for slain lawman

By DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal

Funeral arrangements are set for the Tippah County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed on Friday.
Visitation for Dewayne Crenshaw will be at the Ripley Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral will be at the Ripley Event Center on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Crenshaw, 62, was killed when police were trying to subdue a man after a disturbance call at a home on County Road 500 about 4 a.m. Friday morning. Franklin Fitzpatrick, 26, of Pontotoc has been charged with capital murder in the shooting.
Where Fitzpatrick is jailed is not being released, nor is information on his initial court date.
The shooting death of Dewayne Crenshaw serves as a reminder to area sheriffs that there is no such word as routine in law enforcement.
When Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson heard of the shooting on Friday, he immediately contacted his deputies to let them know what happened and to tell them to be careful.
“This is a huge blow to law enforcement and a huge eye-opener for us all,” said Johnson. “We do this job every day and sometimes forget that some of our fellow officers don’t make it home. This is a wake-up call for everyone in law enforcement to be aware that the unthinkable can happen.”
Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said he shared the pain of Crenshaw’s death.
“This hits very close to home for those of us who wear the badge,” said Dickinson. “My heart and prayers go out to his family and the Tippah County Sheriff’s officers because I know they are hurting. We are hurting as well.”
In Monroe County, Sheriff Andy Hood said there are some matters he will cover with his deputies.
“I don’t know if he was wearing a vest or not but sometimes we’ll go out without wearing ours, me included, and that can be the difference between going home at night or not,” said Hood. “I’m going to do a better job making sure all of our guys wear them from now on.”
Johnson said he is going to review what happened in Tippah County with his deputies.
“We have to use this tragedy as a teaching tool,” said Johnson. “That’s all we can do now. We don’t want any officers lost to this type of senseless violence.”
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.